Sons of Anarchy was one of the most popular drama series of its day, especially to motorcycle enthusiasts. Yes, the motorbike-themed series focused on the lives of a small town's citizens who were mostly connected through the motorcycle club, Sons of Anarchy, hence the name.
The series starred Charlie Hunnam as Jackson "Jax" Teller, who kickstarted a huge following from his portrayal as the brooding president of the club. Throughout the series, the show showcased many motorcycles, much to the enjoyment of enthusiasts across the globe. That's right, the show certainly took things seriously when it came to the aesthetics of the club, as well as the overall theme.
In fact, a real ex-motorcycle club member, David Labrava, served as a technical adviser on the show, as well as playing one of the main characters, Happy Lowman—now, that's dedication. Over the course of the series, the show did extremely well with regards to numbers, bringing in a whopping 4.9 million viewers each week. Overall, Sons of Anarchy was one of FX's most successful shows ever and was regularly praised by critics.
Sadly, the show ended in 2014. However, spin-off Mayans M.C. was released not long after and acted as something of a replacement for those missing their motorcycle fix. So, in honor of the all of the beautiful motorcycles seen on the show, as well as some that weren't so great, here are 10 sick bikes from Sons of Anarchy (and 10 no MC would ride).
Edward Kip Epps, otherwise known as Half-Sack, was one of the most popular characters on Sons of Anarchy, mostly due to his innocence. That's right, Half-Sack was often given the jobs that the others don't want and also underwent hazing when he first attempts to join the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club. Plus, if that wasn't bad enough, he was also given a large "Prospect" badge that he wears on his jacket. However, although he might be little, his bike sure isn't and is one of the nicest on the show. Yes, Half-Sack's motorcycle is a unique white color, which makes a change from the mostly black motorcycles seen throughout the show's run.
Happy Lowman's name was based on a character from the famed play, Death of a Salesman, with the name meant to be somewhat ironic. Lowman is actually based on real-life motorcycle club member, David Labrava, who also acted as a supervisor to the show. The Harley-Davidson Dyna Street Bob fits perfectly well with the character, with the bike just as serious, ruthless, and strong as its owner. That's right, the motorcycle is extremely versatile, with owners mostly highlighting how easy it is to fit modifications and customizations. Lowman certainly agreed, with the motorcycle modified to the extreme on the show.
Jax Teller, played by Charlie Hunnam, is the main focus on the show and it seems obvious that he ride the best bike. That's right, Teller rides a 2003 Dyna Super Glide Sport with custom made T-bars, which makes the motorcycle stand out from the rest of the pack. The bike is a motorcycle enthusiast's dream, mostly due to its V-twin, four-stroke engine and black paintwork. However, although the bike is seen as Teller's main motorcycle, he is also later seen riding a customized 1946 Harley-Davidson Customized Knucklehead, a bike that garners a lot of attention when out on the streets.
Harley-Davidson is one of the biggest names in the motorcycle business. Therefore, it comes as no surprise to see Sons of Anarchy kitting out their characters with the most famous motorcycle brand. The Harley-Davidson Softail is seen with both the Sons of Anarchy motorcycle club and the Mayans M.C. However, the motorcycle looks a lot better in the hands of the former. That's right, the Softail frame is designed to look similar to the frames of the past but to still have the comfort of modern rear suspension. The motorcycle design is used a lot throughout the series, along with few modifications here and there.
Harley-Davidson sure knows how to make motorcycles, with the Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide evidence that they really are the best in the business. That's right, the factory-custom cruiser is used throughout the show's run, with characters from both Sons of Anarchy and Mayans M.C. using their version of the modified monster machine. In fact, the motorcycle is known for attracting all types of motorcycles enthusiasts, from old-timey nostalgics to upcoming trendies who wait patiently for the next best thing. Thankfully, the Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide satisfies both and is a firm favorite among fans of the show.
Alexander Trager, otherwise known as "Tig" is the Vice President and former Sergeant-at-Arms of the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club. Tig is known for his extreme acts, with characters definitely not wanting to get on the wrong side of him. Throughout the show, Tig has a number of arguments with main character Jax Teller, mostly due to his extreme nature. However, although Tig might be a little unsavory, his bike certainly isn't and is a motorcycle enthusiasts dream. That's right, the bike, which is painted matte black on the show, is covered in skulls and spikes, and has a beast of an air-cooled, V-twin, four-stroke engine. Now, that's a bike.
Sons of Anarchy is mostly based around the life of Jax Teller. However, one of the best bikes on the show belonged to Jax's father, John Teller. That's right, John Teller was one of the founding members of the Sons Of Anarchy Motorcycle Club and he has the bike to prove it. Yes, Teller's bike is a classic 1946 Harley Knucklehead, that son Jax Teller eventually uses. The motorcycle is a beast of a machine, with its distinct electric blue a nice change from the mundane black. After the show had finished, the bike was auctioned off for a whopping $75,000, along with a variety of other bikes used on the show.
Robert "Bobby" Munson was the secretary and former Vice President of the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club and was known for being calm and relaxed, especially when compared to the other characters. Bobby's chopper is a fan favorite, mostly due to its intricate design and engineering. However, although it doesn't know the comfiest of motorcycles to ride, it sure is one of the most exciting, with the chopper built on a hardtail frame with mini ape hangers for good measure. Plus, the chopper isn't actually a Harley-Davidson, a first for one of the characters on the show. Bobby also owns a Fat Boy and a Street Glide. Jealous!
Clarence "Clay" Morrow, played by the recognizable Ron Perlman, is the former International President of the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club. Clay is also something of a good guy and does his best to keep all the bad guys out of town. However, things don't always stay that way—this is a TV drama, of course. The Harley-Davidson Super Glide is a firm favorite among motorcycles enthusiasts, as well as Clay, and is credited as being the first factory-custom motorcycle. Over the years, the bike has been touched up, modified and recreated, and is still one of the best to have ever come out of the Harley-Davidson production line.
The Harley-Davidson Screamin' Eagle Road Glide is one of the most unique motorcycles on the show and is also one of the favorites. That's right, the bike, which is also extremely loud, belongs to T.O. Cross, the first black member in the history of the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club. The motorcycle boasts the first Harley-Davidson factory-installed 21-inch front wheel and is also known for its extravagant paintwork (bright orange on the show), distinctive exhaust, and incredible performance. Yes, this motorcycle really is one of a kind, just like the character that owns it.
In a world full of Harley-Davidsons, it can be nice to see someone choosing to ride something a bit different. However, what's the point when you've access to the best bikes in the world! Yes, Lincoln Potter, otherwise known as Nick Stackhouse or Gabe Marcel, is the assistant US Attorney who is seen investigating the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club. Lincoln is a little bit different, much like his bike, an old-school matte green 1970s Triumph Bonneville. Although the bike is a classic, it is nothing compared to his compadres' rides, with Lincoln's Bonneville looking as if it is ready to give up.
When Opie first joined the Sons Of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, he had a 2003 Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide Sport, a bike that has also been seen a variety of times on the show. In fact, Opie's motorcycle is extremely similar to the main character and Opie's best friend Jax Teller's bike, something that may have been done on purpose. The motorcycle, which has the Sons of Anarchy logo on the tank, uses a black-on-black paint job and a twin-cam 88 engine and is one of the most aggressive motorcycles on the show. However, although the bike might be a bit of a beast, it is hardly original, especially when it is basically the same as Jax's bike.
Harry "Opie" Winston, played by Ryan Hurst, is a member of the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club and also the son of the club's co-founder, Piney. Opie is also best friends with the main character, Jax, and has a special bond that is seen throughout the series. The Panhead is a Harley-Davidson motorcycle engine, with Opie repping a Panhead restoration as his motorcycle. The engine got its nickname due to the rocker covers that somewhat resemble cooking pans, hence the Panhead name. It is said that only true Harley-Davidson enthusiasts are able to recognize such distinct engine heads.
For some reason, Piney's Harley-Davidson Electra Tri-Glide is a fan favorite. However, there are definitely better and more reliable bikes on the show. Piermont "Piney" Winston is one of the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club's founders and is often shown with severe health problems, mostly due to his age. Hence, the old bike. In fact, Piney's bike, or should we say trike, has been modified to fit his elderly age with a special holster that carries not only his oxygen canisters but a special oxygen mask that scarily displays the Sons of Anarchy graphic. Ok, that bit is cool, we will give him that.
Chibs Telford is the President of the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club and is nicknamed "Chibs" due to the facial scars that he acquired in a bar scuffle. Chibs has a long history with the club and is known to be a bit of a firecracker, therefore it seems obvious that his bike is a little bit fiery, too. The motorcycle, which is matte black, is unique in its modifications, mostly due to its "no frills" engineering and rugged good looks. Furthermore, the bike hints to Chib's Scottish roots, with a small Saint Andrew's Cross patch located on the saddle.
Those poor Mayans, not only do they play second fiddle to the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, but they also have worse bikes. That's right, although their motorcycles aren't terrible, they are nothing when compared to the garages of those in the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club. The bike pays homage to the 1950s chrome era of motorcycles. Yes, chrome was extremely fashionable back then and was regarded as the must-have when it came to motorcycles. Sadly, the look just isn't scary enough, with the crew supposed to be extremely tough and intimidating but their bikes not backing up their image quite perfectly.
The Mayans MC are the former rivals-turned-friends of the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club. As expected, the members of the club ride completely different bikes compared to their old enemies, from lowered Harley-Davidson Road Kings to Softails and the Softail Deluxe, which is a Mayan favorite. Yes, the Mayans can be seen with long pipes, fishtail tips, ape hangers, and a whole load of chrome, with the bikes clearly influenced by lowrider culture. The Mayan Harley-Davidson "Lowrider" Softail Deluxe is a clear example and one of the standout features of the Mayan fleet. However, the bike just doesn't cut the mustard when compared to its counterparts. Sorry!
The Mayans Motorcycle Club are a prominent club in the Sons of Anarchy franchise and act as rivals-turned-allies to the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club. After Sons of Anarchy had finished, the spin-off Mayans M.C was created, much to the delight of Sons of Anarchy fans everywhere. Marcus Alvarez is the President of the Mayans, therefore, it is no surprise to see Alvarez repping one of the best bikes onscreen. That's right, the Road King (painted in Mayan Green paint on the show) is a stripped-down version of a modern Harley. However, the motorcycle doesn't really do the character justice; he is the President, after all.
Throughout most of the show, the Mayans and the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Clubs are enemies. However, they do make friends further on in the series. But for the majority of the time, they are extreme rivals and hate just about everything and anything about each other. To make matters worse, the Mayans are also lacking in the motorcycling department—compared to their rivals, anyway. The Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail is an example of this and just seems to lack that extra special something. Furthermore, the motorcycle is not-so-unique, with a number of motorcycle enthusiasts riding the bike across the globe.
The Mayans President, Marcus Alvarez, has a number of bikes to his name, with the custom green Harley-Davidson Road King most certainly one of a kind. However, the Road King also features prominently throughout the series, with several members of the Mayans Motorcycle club also repping a modified version of the motorcycle. Sadly, despite the mods, the bike still somehow manages to flatline, especially when compared to the bikes in the Sons of Anarchy motorcycle club. However, with Sons of Anarchy now finished and Mayans M.C. the new favorite, who knows what could crop up in the next few seasons?
Sources: IMDb, Bikebound, and Wikipedia.